Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hotly-antipicated move to Manchester United appears to be a certainty.
But for a late dramatic twist, the 34-year-old will likely ply his trade at Old Trafford next term after agreeing to what is expected to be a one-year deal.
And what a signing he would be for the Red Devils following a season where, under Louis van Gaal, they managed a dour 49 goals in the Premier League.
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Upon arriving at United, Ibrahimovic would bring with him power, skill and unerring finishing ability, all of which traits improved and near perfected over the course of a magnificent career.
In the build up to his proposed move, the Sweden international has revealed the ex-professional that he looks up to.
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That’s right, Ibrahimovic - football’s most egotistical player - has a role model. Who would have thought it.
According to the Guardian, Zlatan is a big admirer of former teammate and United legend David Beckham.
He said simply: “Beckham is a cool guy. I look up to him.
“It is not easy to be him. He has a family, but outside he is a machine.”
Ibrahimovic was never going to praise someone other than himself too much - that’s just who he is - but it’s an interesting revelation nonetheless that he actually looks up to someone.
Wherever his inspiration originates, it’s clearly worked for the current Paris Saint-Germain striker.
Thirty-eight goals in Ligue 1 alone last term is an incredible return for someone that, at the age of 34, should be on the wane.
But Ibrahimovic continues to defy convention.
Seventeen years on from beginning his professional career and he's still one of world football’s finest strikers, up there with the younger likes of Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski.
Whether he can continue such form in the more testing and physical Premier League remains to be seen, but if anyone can, it’s Zlatan.
Where his move to United is concerned, the Sweden international could lose out on £4 million by signing for the 20-time league champions.
According to the Mirror, Ibrahimovic’s PSG deal includes a loyalty bonus that he is due to receive on June 30 - when his contract expires.
However, by signing for United before such time, both he and agent Mino Raiola will miss out on the eye-watering lump sum.
Not that Ibrahimovic needs it, seeing as he’s due to earn £220,000-per-week at Old Trafford.
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